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Posted: 12/26/2012 12:11:37 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/28/2012 11:00:40 PM EDT by CobraXP]
Some time ago, we talked about getting together and doing some 80%'ers. Anyone still up for that? I remember someone had access to a mill to use, but if not, I have a drill press we could work with.

I have a couple 80%'ers to do. First time I will be doing them myself...



Edit - 12/29/12:

We have started a conversation concerning a possible group buy on some lowers. Since we do not have a specific dealer for the lowers yet, we will hold the conversation on Google Groups for the group buy. If you want to be part of that, go to https://groups.google.com/forum/?fromgroups#!forum/utahhtf. Groups require us to accept to join in, so include your username so we know you are from here...


David
Link Posted: 12/26/2012 1:48:41 PM EDT
Link Posted: 12/26/2012 2:14:43 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/26/2012 2:18:57 PM EDT by CobraXP]
Yes, I have a jig and instructions plus drawings.

If you did some 20%'ers, the 80's will be easy to you!


Link Posted: 12/26/2012 5:21:02 PM EDT
Link Posted: 12/26/2012 5:53:45 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/26/2012 5:54:53 PM EDT by CobraXP]
I've read the instructions twice today, but am going to keep doing it over and over until I have it memorized...

I want to make sure I do them right, so I am sure the first one will take me all day! I am making them as family pieces so I want them to be top notch (can't make crap for my son to see years down the road... )
Link Posted: 12/26/2012 6:17:10 PM EDT
Link Posted: 12/26/2012 7:18:00 PM EDT
I had been waiting on Tactical Machining for 6 months to have some in stock, but never saw any. Found these on AR15Plus.com . I've seen some iffy reviews from them in the past, but a friend in Texas that I trust said their quality has gone up considerably in the last couple of years. They had them in stock, so I took the chance. I am actually really happy with them. I was looking at Vader's website also and thought about talking to him after the first of the year.

The anodizing sounds good. I have three and want to do a couple of more also when I get them. If a couple of others step in, making 10 would not be too bad. I knew Williams & Sons about the engraving, but didn't know if they can do specialized designs also. I've got a friend at McGee's Trophy in Midvale that can do it also. I want the snake on a couple, but want a square/compass done also along with the Shrine.



David
Link Posted: 12/26/2012 8:30:25 PM EDT
I would like to do this if someone could teach me. I have no idea how to do it.
Link Posted: 12/26/2012 9:42:06 PM EDT
It may be a couple of months before I get it set up, but I have a Bridgeport mill with a DRO.

I also have some blank castings that need to be lightened up a bit.

I'm definately interested in getting involved.
Link Posted: 12/26/2012 9:52:58 PM EDT
Link Posted: 12/26/2012 9:53:16 PM EDT
Link Posted: 12/26/2012 9:55:42 PM EDT
Originally Posted By medicmandan:
Looks like AR15plus is out of stock. Looking at one of the billet ones though.

Which jig do you have?


I bought their 3 lower + jig + bits set.



Link Posted: 12/26/2012 9:57:26 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Donith:
It may be a couple of months before I get it set up, but I have a Bridgeport mill with a DRO.

I also have some blank castings that need to be lightened up a bit.

I'm definately interested in getting involved.



That would be great! I am going to be looking for more casts, so it will probably take that long to find and get them here. I might try one of mine with the press, but that will be just to test and see how well it works on a drill press.
Link Posted: 12/26/2012 10:00:34 PM EDT
Originally Posted By twratc:
I would like to do this if someone could teach me. I have no idea how to do it.


That is no problem! I've been looking at them for years, but just kept buying other stripped lowers instead. Now I'm finally getting around to actually doing them!

Link Posted: 12/27/2012 5:16:09 AM EDT
I'd like to participate! No skill and no 80%'s yet though
Link Posted: 12/27/2012 7:49:39 AM EDT
I've got 2 Tactical Machining jigs, one for an AR15, and one for an AR10.

I also have a quentin laser 80% that needs to be done. Party time!
Link Posted: 12/27/2012 8:25:48 AM EDT
Link Posted: 12/27/2012 7:39:07 PM EDT
Originally Posted By medicmandan:
Where did you order the lowers from? I've got contact info for a place in N. SL that will do the anodizing for $4.95 each if we do 10 at a time. Williams and Sons in West Jordan can do custom engraving for selector markings and customized serial numbers. I'm going to get a square and compasses laser engraved on one of mine.




You better be a Mason.



Link Posted: 12/27/2012 7:42:41 PM EDT
Link Posted: 12/28/2012 7:43:30 AM EDT
I've been interested in this for awhile but I could never find any of the lowers in stock.
Link Posted: 12/28/2012 11:00:48 AM EDT
I would love to learn about this. I have no experience in anything machining related, but I love to learn new things. Where can you get a forging anyways? How much do they run?
Link Posted: 12/28/2012 11:08:30 AM EDT
Originally Posted By retgarr:
I would love to learn about this. I have no experience in anything machining related, but I love to learn new things. Where can you get a forging anyways? How much do they run?


I ended up with a billet Quentin Laser last year, looks like they cost a Benjamin, and are backordered.

http://quentin-laser.com/store/index.php?cPath=27
Link Posted: 12/28/2012 11:14:46 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/28/2012 11:18:19 AM EDT by CobraXP]
Originally Posted By retgarr:
I would love to learn about this. I have no experience in anything machining related, but I love to learn new things. Where can you get a forging anyways? How much do they run?



Besides the link Kevin posted, you can check the links above that Dan posted also. I have a feeling they are all going to be on backorder though.


I think if everyone works on getting their 80's, we could have a pretty good time working on them. Between all of us, we have a mill plus a few drill presses - we could be able to rotate around machines and have a good time at it. I will volunteer my house and workshop for the location if the mill is able to be moved (don't know the size)...

Maybe start planning something for March or April? Give everyone enough time to try and find some lowers? Maybe even check with how many we can get and do some group by on them?
Link Posted: 12/28/2012 11:17:38 AM EDT
Drill press? I have 4 mills, and a CNC. . To hell with waiting your turn.
Link Posted: 12/28/2012 11:22:23 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Kevin_Jensen:
Drill press? I have 4 mills, and a CNC. . To hell with waiting your turn.


Well then... you are officially in! LOL!






Link Posted: 12/28/2012 1:10:49 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/28/2012 1:41:05 PM EDT by retgarr]
Alright, I'm in if I can find an 80%

ETA: after a long search it looks like the 10 week backorder is the only option.
Link Posted: 12/28/2012 2:47:18 PM EDT
My schedule is pretty full for about three months, but after that... I'd absolutely be in.
Link Posted: 12/28/2012 3:09:10 PM EDT
Sounds like we have a pretty good group to have a 80% Party! There are 9 in this thread interested, plus I have a friend that wants in also, so we're up to 10...

Let's think about something for March or April. I say we get some numbers and see if we can get a large order of 80's together. I already have some, but am going to get a couple more also.
Link Posted: 12/28/2012 3:21:09 PM EDT
I am definitely in. I have 2 other probables that wold come.
Link Posted: 12/28/2012 3:22:25 PM EDT
Link Posted: 12/28/2012 3:33:19 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/28/2012 5:34:52 PM EDT by medicmandan]
Hey guys I am an hour south of San Antonio I want to find a build party. I am going to have some 80% lowers made from my secret connection.

No sales or advertising outside of the EE. ~ medicmandan
Link Posted: 12/28/2012 4:11:43 PM EDT
Originally Posted By CobraXP:
Sounds like we have a pretty good group to have a 80% Party! There are 9 in this thread interested, plus I have a friend that wants in also, so we're up to 10...

Let's think about something for March or April. I say we get some numbers and see if we can get a large order of 80's together. I already have some, but am going to get a couple more also.


If that's how we're doing it, I'm definitely in.
Link Posted: 12/28/2012 4:15:03 PM EDT
If anyone wants to see my Quentin 80%, I can take some more pics.
Maybe we could backordered the 10 for $900 if there is enough interest.
Link Posted: 12/28/2012 5:38:05 PM EDT
Link Posted: 12/28/2012 8:36:15 PM EDT
Originally Posted By medicmandan:
If we want to consider a group buy we'll have to take it outside the forum unless we can find an approved dealer already associated with AR15.com to assist us with the buy.


Really? That's the first actually obnoxious rule I've encountered on Arf.

Ok, well I created a Google group for that purpose. UtahHTF Group buy.

You will have to ask permission to join the group. Please use your ARF screen name so I know who you are.
Link Posted: 12/28/2012 8:36:43 PM EDT
Originally Posted By medicmandan:
Originally Posted By ThePatriot556:
Originally Posted By medicmandan:
Where did you order the lowers from? I've got contact info for a place in N. SL that will do the anodizing for $4.95 each if we do 10 at a time. Williams and Sons in West Jordan can do custom engraving for selector markings and customized serial numbers. I'm going to get a square and compasses laser engraved on one of mine.




You better be a Mason.







Are you a traveling man?



Have gun, will travel.

Link Posted: 12/28/2012 8:38:06 PM EDT
Link Posted: 12/28/2012 8:39:00 PM EDT
Link Posted: 12/28/2012 8:50:08 PM EDT
Put in for the HTF Group...


I understand the group buy deal. We can discuss that off site...
Link Posted: 12/28/2012 8:54:51 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/28/2012 8:56:58 PM EDT by retgarr]
Originally Posted By medicmandan:
Originally Posted By retgarr:
Originally Posted By medicmandan:
If we want to consider a group buy we'll have to take it outside the forum unless we can find an approved dealer already associated with AR15.com to assist us with the buy.


Really? That's the first actually obnoxious rule I've encountered on Arf.

Ok, well I created a Google group for that purpose. UtahHTF Group buy.

You will have to ask permission to join the group. Please use your ARF screen name so I know who you are.


Do I need a gmail account for that?



ETA: Looks like you don't need a gmail account for anyone who is curious.
Link Posted: 12/28/2012 8:56:06 PM EDT
Link Posted: 12/28/2012 8:56:06 PM EDT
Originally Posted By CobraXP:
Put in for the HTF Group...


I understand the group buy deal. We can discuss that off site...


I've made you a group manager since this is kind of your gig.
Link Posted: 12/28/2012 9:42:16 PM EDT
Room for one more?
Link Posted: 12/28/2012 9:45:19 PM EDT
Always room...
Link Posted: 12/28/2012 10:16:34 PM EDT
Originally Posted By brewsky101:
Room for one more?


Sho nuff

Cobra, you may want to include a link to the google group on your first post.
Link Posted: 12/28/2012 10:48:42 PM EDT
If I can get my equipment set up and running, I'll be able to do mag wells as well.
Link Posted: 12/28/2012 10:51:03 PM EDT
Link Posted: 12/28/2012 10:53:16 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/28/2012 10:55:30 PM EDT by CobraXP]
Originally Posted By medicmandan:
Slim chance but I sent an email to LAR about 80% lowers.


I may have someone that can help with LAR. Will know next week.


Originally Posted By retgarr:
Cobra, you may want to include a link to the google group on your first post.



Good idea...

Link Posted: 12/28/2012 10:53:20 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Donith:
If I can get my equipment set up and running, I'll be able to do mag wells as well.


So would that mean 30% lowers? It's my understanding that the magwells are done on 80% lowers.
Link Posted: 12/29/2012 6:16:05 AM EDT
Link Posted: 12/29/2012 10:04:57 PM EDT
Applied for the group.
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